Protests Greet Detroit Plan to Close Parishes
Opponents of proposals to close or merge more than 40 of the city’s Roman Catholic parishes have delivered protest petitions with an estimated 20,000 signatures to Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka’s residence.
Before delivering the petitions Wednesday night, about 1,000 protesters held a prayer vigil at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
Jay Berman, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said Szoka was not at home to receive the petitions because of a previously scheduled engagement. The cardinal is expected to make a decision on the church closings in mid-January.